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Dodgers: Joc Pederson Battles Vlad Guerrero Jr, Falls Short in Home Run Derby

Joc Pederson slugged an impressive 60 total home runs, but fell short in a “derby for the ages”.

Last night, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson slugged an impressive 60 total home runs in Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby, but unfortunately fell short in an incredible “derby for the ages”.

First Round: Pederson vs Bregman

Joc Pederson’s 21 first round home runs took down Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman as he couldn’t quite keep pace with his 16. Pederson’s 21 home runs were the most in a first round under the current derby format, defeating the previous record of 16.

However, the record was short lived as Toronto Blue Jays’ rookie slugger, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. mashed a whopping 29 first round home runs to break the all time first round record of any format and defeat his first opponent, Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman.  

Second Round: Pederson vs Guerrero Jr.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. matched his first round 29 home runs with 29 more in the second round, leaving little belief that Joc Pederson could complete.  Joc Pederson did the unthinkable and tied Guerrero Jr’s 29 home runs. Pederson and Guerrero Jr. advance to a 1 minute tie breaker round.

2nd Round Tie-Breaker: Pederson vs Guerrero Jr.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added 8 more home runs in his 1 minute round for a total of 37 second round home runs.  Once again, Pederson matched up with 8 more home runs of his own, the being a buzzer-beater.  This advances the two to a 3-swing playoff dubbed a Swing-Off.

2nd Round Swing-Off: Pederson vs Guerrero Jr.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added 1 home run in his Swing-Off round.  Joc Pederson once again matches with 1 more of his own.

2nd Round Swing-Off Part II: Pederson vs Guerrero Jr.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added 2 home runs in his second Swing-Off round.  Joc Pederson adds 1 home run of his own, but falls 1 short from tying it up again.

Final Round: Vladimir Guerrero Jr vs Pete Alonso

Pete Alonso goes on to defeat with 23 home runs to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s 22 home runs. Guerrero looked visibly exhausted from the 2nd round showdown with Joc Pederson.

There were an incredible 312 home runs hit.

Written by Jason McClure

Technically a Dodgers bandwagon fan. At 5 years old, I decided they were my favorite team after hearing they won the World Series on my mom’s car radio in 1988. My father (technically my stepfather) watered that seed, teaching me the game and introducing me to the beauty of Dodger Stadium. We got to know each other and bonded over games. Even when we couldn’t get along during my teenage years, we could come together over Vin Scully’s voice and a game. Dodger baseball is, and will always be, so much more than just a game.

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  1. Pederson had a great performance at the HR Derby. Coming out of the All-Star break Boston will throw 3-LHPs(Rodriguez,Sale,Price) at Dodgers, therefore No Joc Pederson batting lead-off. I see the Dodgers getting swept by Boston after losing 3-out-of- 4 to Padres.

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